MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/21/97

MSU Tuesday Bulletin, 10/21/97

Issue No. 10 - 1997-98

October 21, 1997



EAST LANSING MI 48824-1035

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October 21, Tuesday

"The Essence of Liberty: Free African American Women before Emancipation in the United States," MSU Libraries Public Lecture with Wilma King (Faculty, Department of History, MSU), North Conference Room, Main Library, 4:00 p.m.

October 22, Wednesday

"Ibn Khaldun and Islamic Mysticism," Special Guest Lecture with AbderRahmane Lakhsassi (Professor of Islamic Studies, Mohammed V University, Rabat, Morocco and Visiting Scholar in the College of Arts and Letters, MSU), Northwestern Room, Union Building, 3:30-5:00 p.m.

October 23, Thursday

"The Contribution of Inland Valley Swamp (Bas-Fond) to National Food Security," African Studies Center Brown Bag with Georges Dimithe (Graduate Student, Agricultural Economics), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.*Please note change of speaker.*

October 24, Friday

"Understanding NGOs' Contributions to Rural Development in Zambia," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Angela Bwalya Mwanakaoma (Graduate Student, Resource Development), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

"Sugar, Slaves, Plantations and History," Special Guest Lecture with Joseph Miller (Faculty, Department of History, University of Virginia), Parlor C Union Building, 2:00-4:00 p.m.Sponsored by CICALS, College of Arts and Letters and the African Studies Center.

October 30, Thursday

"International Food Laws: Implications for Africa" African Studies Center Brown Bag with Vincent Hegarty (Faculty, Food Science Institute, MSU) and Rhonda Crackel (Faculty, Food Science and Human Nutrition, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

October 31, Friday

"Reflections on Environment, National Parks, Conservation and People in Africa," CASID-SID Luncheon Seminar with Janice Harper (Graduate Student, Anthropology) and Bill Derman (Faculty, Anthropology, MSU), Room 201, International Center, 12:00 noon.

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Oct. 25 - Nov. 2

"Africa Today: A Silent Recovery," Theme of Africa Cultural Week, sponsored by the MSU African Student Union.*Related events are listed below.*For more information, contact Somadoda Fikeni or Tangeni Iijambo at 355-2782.

October 25, Saturday

Cultural excursion to Detroit museums.Visits to the African-American Museum, Detroit Institute of Arts (Splendors of Ancient Egypt exhibit) and the Henry Ford Museum.

October 30, Thursday

"Africa and the New World Order: A Silent Recovery?" Keynote Address by Ngugi Wa Thiong'o (Renowned Kenyan Writer and Professor of Comparative Literature and Performance, New York University), Northwestern Room, Union Building, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

October 31, Friday

Sports Activities:Soccer, Volleyball, Tug-of-War, Frisbee.Spartan Village Soccer Fields, 2:30-6:00 p.m.

Student Panel on the theme Africa Today: A Silent Recovery - Rukee Tjingaete, MSU Ph.D., Journalism, "African Image, Media and the Post Cold War Era";Agatha Awuah, Economics, "Demographic Trends in Contemporary Africa";Marie Mayoya, MSU Ph.D., Ed. Administration, "The Emerging Trends in Africa at the Dawn of the 21st Century." Spartan Village Community Center, 7:00-9:00 p.m.

November 1, Saturday

Culture Night and Dinner, MacDonald Middle School, Cafetorium, 1601 Burcham Ave., E. Lansing, 7:00-10:00 p.m.

November 2, Sunday

African Children's Day, Spartan Village Community Center, 2:30-6:00 p.m

Rides to ASA Conference Still Available

Transportation to the African Studies Association (ASA) conference in Columbus, Ohio on November 13-16 is still available from the African Studies Center.Call or e-mail Patricia Johannes at the Center to sign-up for a ride, 353-1700, <johanne7@pilot.>.For general information about the conference, check out the ASA web sit at < /ASA97.html>.

Newsletter on Mozambique

_Mozambique News Online_, a fortnightly update of news from Mozambique, is written by Mozambican journalists and assembled and edited by Africa News Network, part of South Africa Contact, the former anti-apartheid movement in Denmark._Mozambican News Online_ joins other individual newsletters from Malawi, Zambia, Angola, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and South Africa in providing up-to-date news through an established network of journalists in southern Africa. Prices for a one year subscription are as follows: Students - US$17;Individuals - US$22;Institutions - US$42.For more information about _Mozambique News Online_, or other newsletters, send an e-mail to <>.Postal address: Mozambique News Online, Wesselsgade 4, Post Box 25, DK 2200 Copenhagen N, Denmark.Tel:+ 45 31 35 96 32;Fax: + 45 31 35 43 32.


African Literature Association

"Multiculturalism and Hybridity in African Literatures" is the theme of the 24th Annual African Literature Association (ALA) Conference on March 25-29, 1998 in Austin, Texas.Comparative and analytical approaches to the rich heterogeneity of African verbal arts are encouraged, but paper proposals on other subjects, including film, are also welcome.The ALA Conference will be held on the same weekend and in the same hotel as the American Comparative Literature Association Conference, which will focus on "Literary and Cultural Translation/Exchange." Those who wish to participate in both conferences may submit paper proposals to the conveners of each but should not offer to present the same paper twice. The deadline for submission of paper and panel abstracts for the African Literature Association Conference is December 1, 1997. These should be sent to:Hal Wylie, French Department, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712.Tel: (512) 471-5531; Fax: (512) 471-8492; <>.For information on joining the ALA, contact: Louis Tremaine, ALA Treasurer, Department of English, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA 23173.Anyone interested in participating in the American Comparative Literature Association Conference should contact Elizabeth Richmond-Garza, English Department, University of Texas, Austin, TX 78712.Tel. (512) 471-8728; Fax: (512) 471-4909; <e.m.richmond-garza@mail.utexas. edu>.


Research in West Africa

The Bremer Stiftung fuer Geschichtehas limited financial resources to support research in Senegal, Mali, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Guineain the fields of precolonial history, social anthropology, linguistics and other disciplines that provide data relevant for precolonial history. Funds are available for university students or others interested in the western area of West Africa.For more information, contact:Stephan Buehnen, Bremer Stiftung fuer Geschichte, Osterdeich 49, 28203 Bremen, Germany.Fax: +49-421-75736;<>.

MSU Ryder Scholarship

MSU's College of Arts and Letters invites applications for the Ryder Scholarship to assist students who will study overseas during 1998-99 in a program approved through the Office of Study Abroad.Priority is given to undergraduates, andawards are approximately $500.The application deadline for scholarships to support Spring 1998 programs is 12:00 noon on November 14, 1997.The deadline for Summer, Fall (1998) and Academic Year (1998-99) programs is March 6, 1998.For more information and an application form, contact: Sue Hauser, Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Letters, 200 Linton Hall, 355-5229, <>.

University of Rochester Residential Fellowships

The Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies at the University of Rochester is seeking applications for its 1998/99 Residential Fellowships for postdoctoral, predoctoral and graduate work. Historical and contemporary topics on the economy, society, politics and culture of Africa and its diaspora are welcomed.Broadly conceived projects on human and technological aspects of energy development and agriculture in Africa are also welcomed.The application deadline is January 30, 1998.For more information, contact: Associate Director for Research and Curriculum, Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African-American Studies, University of Rochester, 302 Morey Hall, Rochester, NY 14627.Tel: (716) 275-7235.


African American Literature

The Department of English, University of California, Davis has an opening for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor appointment in African American literature.To ensure consideration prior to the MLA Convention, applications must be postmarked no later than November 21, 1997.Send applications (including letter, dossier and writing sample of 20-30 pages) to: Karl F. Zender, Department of English, University of California, Davis, One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616-8581.

Comparative Literature

The Comparative Literature Department of The University of Georgia invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature with expertise in African languages and literatures. Send application, C. V. and the names of three references by November 28, 1997 to: Betty Jean Craige, Interim Head, Comparative Literature, Joseph E. Brown Hall, University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602.

**** To submit information on Africa-related events or news, send it seven to 10 days in advance of the publication date. Submissions may be brought, faxed, or e-mailed to the African Studies Center, Room 100, Center for International Programs, Telephone: (517) 353-1700;Fax: (517) 432-1209 E-mail:

Editor: Ali B. Ali-Dinar

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